Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan returns from injury, Jonathan Aro sent to Pawtucket


Ryan Hanigan will be back behind the plate when Boston meets the Blue Jays in Toronto for the final game of a four game series Thursday night. This is Hanigan’s first time back on the field since fracturing a finger on his throwing hand against the Yankees on May 1.

The Red Sox did not make a corresponding move at the catcher position, instead deciding to send relief pitcher Jonathan Aro back to Pawtucket according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. Aro appeared in three games with the big league club going 4.2 innings total. He gave up twelve hits, six runs, a homerun and no walks with three strikeouts and a whopping 11.57 ERA.

It will be interesting to see how Boston approaches the catching position now that John Farrell and company are carrying three catchers. Many beat writers following the club are speculating that the Sox will only carry three catchers for a week or so before deciding what to do – designate Sandy Leon for assignment since he is out of options, send rookie Blake Swihart back to Pawtucket for a bit so he can play everyday or possibly seek a trade for Hanigan. It may suit the Red Sox to hold on to all three until things work themselves out or another injury plagues the team.

Wade Miley (7-7, 4.38) gets the start Thursday night against Jays lefty Matt Boyd (0-1, 5.40). The Sox took the first two games before getting destroyed on Wednesday behind another shaky start from Rick Porcello.

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